The rather magical June 16th is finally here again. Very busy with work but I managed to get out for a few hours this morning before the office beckoned.
As usual when I am looking forward to something I was up, dressed and drinking coffee before my alarm clock sounded. Out into the silent world of the early morning I was soon walking across the fields in anticipation of what might be.
In just 10 days time we can once again wet a line on the vast river system of this country. I for one am thankful we still retain a 3 month close season on our rivers to give both the fish a break and chance to spawn in peace as well as for the river banks to get on with repairing them selves and re-growing foliage.
What a lovely start to the day that was. It is something I always mean to do but never seem to get around to doing it and that is taking advantage of the close season and walking the river whilst it is particularly low and clear and whilst the fish have got used to being left alone for a while.
I tend to fish the rivers more during the winter period when very little can be seen but believe me a stroll down the river this morning has revealed as much to-day as I would probably learn all winter, plus more.
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Saturday and Sunday were spent catching up with work after a couple of days away from the office last week for my birthday fish-in and filming at the Sky Sports TV studio.
As usual after almost a week away from the bank I was starting to get real itchy feet to wet a line again. I had been out on the road visiting the shops and was fortunate enough to be able to take the offer up of a guest session on a gravel pit in the Northampton area, which again I promised not to mention the name of. With just a slight detour it was almost on my way home from my last shop visit of the day anyway, so a natural stop off point to relax and unwind.